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Habitat for Humanity
Coordinator: Bill Mason

Flower City Habitat for Humanity is a non-denominational Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard and poverty housing in Rochester, NY.

For more information, please visit their site: http://www.rochesterhabitat.org/

 

These are the homes we have sponsored to date, by year indicated. Each required our coalition to raise $65,000 and help provide volunteers to build the home. Each home was dedicated to the homeowner when it was complete. Each homeowner had to help build the home and attend classes that would help with budgeting, routine home maintenance, and other similar training sessions.  The  homeowner assumed a 20 year mortgage for the value of the home with monthly payments that they could meet, based on their family size, monthly income, etc. Currently, the existing mortgages are non-interest bearing. If you think you’d like to get involved in any way, please contact me at wmason@rochester.rr.com or 453-9038. I can always use someone to represent our church (the founding church) at meetings I’m not able to attend. Bill Mason


Current News:

At our last meeting (8/7), Matt Flanigan, the CEO of Flower City Habitat met with us to discuss several concerns. To date, we’ve had a hard time getting them to lock in on a startup date, for a lot of reasons. Those are all being worked out and it looks like we’ll have our lot, 120 Holworthy St excavated and the foundation prepared by mid Sept/early Oct. The plan now is to have the home enclosed and then closed for the winter with construction to restart in the spring. This plan accommodates a lot of problems Habitat has had with an excavator and to accommodate lots of opportunities suddenly coming available in the area of our build. Our coalition has 82% of the funds already raised. Watch for bulletin inserts for your opportunity to make a donation that would sponsor a square foot/feet, fund a box of nails, or whatever you could donate.

We also have a family assigned: Our planned homeowner is named Kiomy. She is 33 and has two children, daughter Kinayahlie (9) and son Liam (3). She was born and raised in Puerto Rico, is a hardworking single Mom waitressing at Chili’s and is excited to own a home and being able to give her kids a stable, safe home with their own rooms and a yard to play in.

If you haven’t volunteered to work on the homes in the past, give it some consideration. The local affiliate has set up a very helpful online sign up on their website, rochesterhabitat.org. The signup for our home won’t be ready until we get closer to the start date, but you could volunteer on any home if you’d like. Habitat does a great job of assigning work, and training where necessary. It’s a great experience as you work with other representatives which could even include current and potential homeowners. If you think you’d like to get involved in any way, please contact me at 453-9038, or at wmason@rochester.rr.com . I can always use someone to represent our church (the founding church) at meetings I’m not able to attend.

Bill Mason

 

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